Department of English

The Department of English offers three major tracks: English (for the study of literature and culture); English with an emphasis in Creative Writing; and English with an emphasis in Secondary Education. The department also offers minors in English, Creative Writing, and Linguistics. The latter offers interdisciplinary coursework in Anthropology, Applied Communications, Speech Pathology, Second Language Instruction, and World Languages—as well as foundational courses in the History of English; Grammar, Morphology, Syntax; and Literary Linguistics.

The department’s literature track includes coursework in Mythology, Southern Literature, Visual Literacy, Film as Literature, Young Adult Literature, and Podcasting as well as traditional surveys in American and British Literature and upper-level coursework in individual authors (Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, etc.) as well as literary movements, periods, and collectives (American Modernism, Black Protest Literature, Environmental Literature, etc.).

Across all three tracks, the department supports its diversity requirement with coursework in African-American Literature, Postcolonial Literature, Women in Literature, and special topics. The department’s creative writing track develops sophisticated writing skills across a variety of genres. Coursework in creative writing includes formal, theoretical, and applied study of the craft of fiction and poetry, coursework in screenwriting, and special topics such as Writing Detective Fiction, Open Genre Writing, Novel Writing, the Poetry of Fiction, etc.

The department’s secondary education track prepares students as English Language Arts teachers in grades 7-12. The program’s strong connections with High Schools throughout Central Arkansas and its dedicated hands-on training with class observations and teaching internships prepare students for careers in teaching, administration, and educational policy—and our placement rates in schools are highly successful.

In addition to general coursework, the Department of English supports professional development through a wide range of service-learning projects, internships with the department’s literary journal Equinox, the Sequoyah National Research Center, and the independent press Braddock Books, as well as through collaborations with the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, the CALS Literary Festival, the Cooper Visiting Writers Series, and the English Advisory Board.

For information not covered in Frequently Asked Questions or other areas of our web site, please contact Dr. Jeremy Ecke, Department Chair.